In an article by Dorsey Waxter published in October's Art+Auction Dorsey Waxter, President of the Art Dealers Association of America makes the case for Galleries. While international art fairs pop up and entice us as destination events and art e-commerce sites stream distractions through e-mail campaigns to inspire seemingly casual and anonymous point and click viewing Waxter contends that the hub of real excitement happens in the Galleries. These are the institutions who dedicate their space and time to promoting artists and cultivating their careers and following. The gallery doors are the portals to experience- to viewing, dialogue, engagement, to a visual community of exchange.
Galleries hold a crucial role in helping artists stake claim for their work. As advocates, Dealers not only work for known artists, but for emerging artists and even take up the cause of lost or overlooked talent. Whatever their niche, Galleries, unlike Museums or websites, are staffed by approachable resident experts who know the works intimately and the artist personally. In the history of art Galleries have often proved to be valuable archives, recording and holding important information on artist's work. This gives them an important position that ties together the excitement of discovery, shared with the public through exhibitions, and legacy, as the history they help generate for artists through exhibitions and cultivated patronage are recorded, built, and shared.
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